Leg pain, nerve pain, sciatica, whatever you want to call it, it’s there. Constantly. Sitting, sleeping, standing, it hangs around like a bad….well you know the saying.
What is sciatica?
The sciatic nerve runs from the lower back, down the back of the thigh, into the back of the calf and into the foot. It is a very large nerve which can get inflamed or irritated because of spinal and muscular changes within the body giving you a sharp, often excruciating, into the buttock and pain down the leg Chiropractors see people within their clinic with specific 'true' sciatica on a daily basis and here at Complete Health and Chiropractic we aim to remove irritation on the sciatic nerve through gentle manipulation and postural changes.
What causes sciatica?
There are many different causes of sciatica. Complete Health and Chiropractic Chiropractors often detect problems in a couple of areas of the spine and pelvis which when combined cause irritation of the nerve. The alignment of your feet and hips can also attribute to the problem which is why here at Complete Health and Chiropractic we work with all aspects of your body to aid the effective realignment of your spine and posture. Sciatica is often felt alongside persistent lower back pain. Continual irritation of the nerve can lead to pins and needles, numbness and weakness of your legs also. Low back and pelvic issues may not result solely in sciatic pain. click here to find out more.
Another cause of Sciatica is the commonly termed 'slipped disc'. Slipped discs are not as straight forward as they sound, a disc cannot be 'pushed' back in. A slipped disc means a herniated or bulging disc. Discs are the shock absorbers that sit in between our spinal bones (vertebrae). The centre of each disc is spongy and as the disc degenerates it can puncture through the tougher outer layer and press against the nerve.
Piriformis syndrome is another cause of leg pain which involves the piriformis. This is a small muscle that runs across the buttock. When the muscle tightens or spasms, it puts pressure on the sciatic nerve. Women, especially active ones, experience this condition more frequently than men. The piriofmris muscle may get tight through changes in pelvic and spinal alignment though daily postures as well as exercise.
Other causes of sciatica include degenerative disc disease, arthritis, spondylo-listhesis, lumbar spinal stenosis and also more dangerous causes such as infection, cancer or bone inflammation. It’s vital to have the cause of sciatica diagnosed thoroughly by a chiropractor.
How can Complete Health and Chiropractic help with sciatica?
A combination postural correction adjustments, stretching, dietary and daily postural advice the pain of sciatica may well be quelled. One study compared chiropractic to bed rest, massage, electrical stimulation, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and diazepam. Results revealed patients who received spinal adjustments showed a significant reduction in the length of care, swifter improvement in the signs and symptoms, a greater ability to continue working and significantly less worker disability compared to control subjects (Ann Swiss Chiro Assoc 1989;9:133-148). So if you experience sciatica pain then consider coming to Complete Health and Chiropractic before reaching for pain killers, anti-inflammatory drugs or agreeing to surgery! Our Chiropractors can help by firstly providing a thorough spinal examination to determine the cause of your sciatica pain during Your Initial Consultation. Once the cause is determined, our Complete Healh Chiropractor’s will sit down and explain your findings so that you know exactly what we believe is the problem during Your Report of Findings.
Our chiropractor’s will recommend a course of care and outline their expectations before beginning any treatment. Chiropractic prides itself on providing safe, professional and painless treatment to aid relief to many conditions and your sciatica may be one of them.